Ivorian rights group denounces restrictions on movement Ouattara's supporters

Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) – The Ivorian human rights organisation, Civil Society Convention (CSCI), on Tuesday denounced violations of freedom of movement of members of the Rally of Pro-Houphouët for Democracy and Peace (RHDP), who have been living at Hôtel du Golf since the outbreak of the post-election crisis that is threatening to tear the country apart.

The CSCI stressed that it “deplores and disapproves” of the isolation of members of RHDP saying the Ivorian defence and security forces (DSF) prevented its delegation led by its coordinator, N'Gouan Patrick, from visiting the hotel.

The CSCI said its delegates were arrested, threatened and repelled by a detachment of the DSF at about one kilometre away from the hotel because they claimed “this place is located on the front line”.

Veteran politician, Alassane Ouattara and his key supporters have been holed up in the hotel since the disputed 28 November presidential run-off election that he and his rival, incumbent president Laurent Gbagbo both claim to have won.  

The international community has said Ouattara won the vote and is putting pressure on Ggabgo to leave power.

The human rights group said following the 21 December declaration of Gbagbo urging RHDP personalities to leave Hôtel du Golf and to go back home, “we could rightfully expect a rather relaxed situation and not a refusal for visits”.

Stressing that even detainees are entitled to visits, CSCI demands freedom of movement of the personalities isolated at Hôtel du Golf, as provided for in the Ivorian constitution.

28 december 2010 21:02:16

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